Level 2 Inspector and Decontaminator Training

Watercraft Inspection and Decontamination Training 
Upcoming Classes

Virtual Training January 26-28, 2021, 9am-Noon (3 days): Zoom register here. Class logistics here.

Virtual Training October 13-15, 9am-Noon (3 days): Zoom Register here; Class logistics here.

Virtual Training November 10-12, 9am-Noon (3 days): Agenda; CLASS IS FULL

May 19-20, 2020 – Ponca State Park, Nebraska - CLASS HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO APRIL 2021

The training includes:

  1. Introduction and Western State AIS Programs

  2. Biology (Zebra/Quagga mussel and other Aquatic Invasive Species)

  3. Watercraft 101

  4. Inspection Procedures and practice

  5. Triggers for decontamination and Step-by-step procedures.


To register for training, click here.

Student Manual

For any questions, please contact:

“Quagga D” Davis

(702) 236-3814


Background Information

This two-day, intensive, hands-on training is provided free of charge on a first-come first-served basis. Attendees will be responsible for their own travel expenses. The course is designed for those individuals who are currently or will soon become active in setting-up or implementing watercraft inspection and decontamination programs for their respective agencies, organizations or businesses. The class size is restricted to 10–12 people, and the focus is on actual inspections of various types of watercraft and the use of several decontamination systems. It is certified by 100th Meridian member agencies and successful graduates will receive a Certificate of Completion.

It is recommended that students be trained in both inspection and decontamination in the same two-day course, and do not attend different classes for each.  To be trained in decontamination, students must participate in all decontamination sessions (approximately 5 hours including demonstrate practical knowledge by taking part in practical decontaminations).  All students must receive a passing score of 80% or better on the final written exam to pass the class.  The training must include additional inspection practice, along with standard decontamination modules or chapters/slideshows:

1) Additional inspection practice

2) Triggers for Decontamination

3) Types of Decontamination and Step-By-Step Decontamination Procedures

4)  Working knowledge of boat anatomy, form and function


Inspection and Decontamination trainings are delivered over two days (12–14 hours), mostly at Lake Mead located on the Nevada/Arizona Border near Las Vegas. The training focuses on actual field inspections of various types of watercraft, which may or may not be contaminated with quagga mussels and then day two will entail decontamination procedures according to the Uniform Minimum Protocols and Standards for Watercraft Inspection and Decontamination Programs for Dreissenid Mussels in the Western United States (UMPS III).


Dress for the training should be work clothes. There will be some crawling under boats on both dirt and pavement. You will also be operating boat washing equipment on Wednesday that will be using hot (>160° F) and could (surely will) get some splash. A pair of disposable/reusable coveralls will be provided upon request. Footwear should have non-marking outsoles (so you don’t leave marks on the boats while inspecting and decontaminating them) and be able to get wet without being damaged. Flip flops or any open footwear is not advised for Wednesday since there most likely will be very hot water splashing during the decontamination process.

Remember your cameras and sunscreen.

Sample Agenda

Watercraft Inspection and Decontamination Certification Training, WID Training Agenda - Day 1 of 2

8:00am          Shuttle from Sunset Station Hotel to Lake Mead WSC

8:30am          Welcome!

8:45am          Introductions - WIT/WID Training and Program Overview - Chapter 1

9:00am          AIS Impacts at Hoover, Parker and Davis Dam

9:15am          Arizona AIS 

9:30am          BREAK

9:45am          Quagga and Zebra (QZM) and Other AIS Biology - Chapter 2

10:30am        Watercraft 101 - Chapter 3

11:30am        OUTSIDE - Boat Anatomy

NOON             LUNCH BREAK

1:00pm          OUTSIDE – Entrance Boat Inspection Demonstration and Discussion

1:15pm          Inspection Protocol - Chapter 4

1:45pm          BREAK

2:00pm          OUTSIDE - Hands-on Inspection Practice (Breakout groups) (~2 hours total) (Groups of 3-5 Boater, Inspector, Observer) 

  • Practice Inspections with Scenarios

    • How Many High Risk Watercrafts Can You Find?

    • Seal Application and Removal Procedures

    • Data Collection

4:00pm         Review Questions in Chapters 1-4 - Summarize Day 1

5:00pm         ADJOURN

Student Homework - Review and complete any unfinished homework


Watercraft Inspection and Decontamination Certification Training, WID Training Agenda - Day 2 of 2

8:00am         Shuttle Van from Sunset Station Hotel to Lake Mead WSC

8:30am         Decontamination Procedures - Chapter 5

Decontamination Manual Q & A
√ Standing Water Decontamination
√ Interior Compartments
√ Engine Flush - Outboard, I/O, Inboards
√ Ballast Tank Flush
√ Plant Decontamination
√ Bait Treatment: Live Aquatic Bait and Crayfish Regulations
√ Full Decontamination

  OUTSIDE - Decontamination Unit Standard Operating Procedures, Winterization, Attachment Application and Safety Equipment

Outdoor - Decontamination Demonstration and Practice - Ben
√ Standing Water Decontamination
√ Interior Compartments
√ Engine Flush - Outboard, I/O, Inboards
√ Hull and Trailer Decontamination

11:30am       Decontamination Quiz - Review Chapter 5 Questions

NOON            LUNCH

1:15pm          Decontamination (Breakout groups) (~2 hours total)

3:15pm          Final Exam

3:45pm          Review Answers

4:30pm          ADJOURN

Based on Skills, Knowledge and Attitude
Certificates will be handed out at completion of training


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